NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- S1.10-5445
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Atomic Interferometry
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Comb Using Photonically Integrated Devices (CUPID)
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vector Atomic, Inc.
1249 Quarry Lane Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 249-5959

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Dr. Arman Cingoz
E-mail:
arman@vectoratomic.com
Address:
1249 Quarry Lane, Suite 100 Pleasanton, CA 94566 - 8410
Phone:
(925) 249-5959

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Name:
Jason Burke
E-mail:
jason@vectoratomic.com
Address:
1249 Quarry Ln, Suite 100 Pleasanton, CA 94566 - 8410
Phone:
(925) 249-5959
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 4
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Optical frequency combs play an essential role in modern timekeeping and metrology. To date, however, frequency combs are primarily used in laboratories, owing to their size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) and fragility. To operationalize the technology, Vector Atomic and Harvard University will design an erbium (Er) fiber Comb Using P hotonic Integrated Devices for supercontinuum generation and self-referencing. CUPID will combine the robust Er fiber comb architecture with an integrated  photonics module for supercontinuum generation and self-referencing. CUPID will provide < 10-17 excess fractional instability at 1 s, in a compact package at low power and manufacturing cost.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Space missions are critically dependent on precise timing and synchronization. Coherent ranging and imaging systems such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) and the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar Mission (NISAR) are enabled by highly coherent RF and laser oscillators, respectively. Future NASA mission including deep space navigation, space-based gravitational wave detectors, and multi-static radar imaging will require timing precision beyond the capabilities of current hardware.

Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

LiDAR and RADAR applications can benefit from the long coherence time of the optical local oscillator and the ultralow phase noise provided by the frequency comb. In GPSdenied environments, a highly stable clock can extend missions by maintaining synchronization between distributed systems.

Duration: 6

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